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Hornsbytown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hornsbytown ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Hornsbytown (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Hornsbytown. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Hornsbytown ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hornsbytown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hornsbytown, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hornsbytown.

Cemeteries Near Hornsbytown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hornsbytown.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Hornsbytown covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Rosehill Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Hornsby Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Strahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Walker Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reeltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Woodland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW China Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Watson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Neils Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Sharon Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harper Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Peter Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dawson Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bradford Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Elam Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. John Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Salem Macon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cotton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE John Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thrash Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bullard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lovejoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Green Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

While we didn't find Hornsbytown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hornsbytown.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Hornsbytown, with the one closest to Hornsbytown listed first.

Tallassee   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Hornsbytown
 - 1895 population of 1,413 people (with 4,778 people in 2015)
 - Tallassee had a post office and no railroad service
Kent   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hornsbytown
 - Kent had a post office and no railroad service
Good Hope   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hornsbytown
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Good Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Franklin   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hornsbytown
 - Franklin had railroad service and no post office
Eclectic   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hornsbytown
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,029 people in 2015)
 - Eclectic had a post office and no railroad service
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hornsbytown
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Ware had a post office and no railroad service
Shorter   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Hornsbytown
 - Shorter had railroad service and no post office
Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hornsbytown
 - Jordan had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Hornsbytown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hornsbytown in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Hornsbytown is located in Elmore County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Elmore County: Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Macon, Montgomery & Tallapoosa.

Below are the counties that are near Hornsbytown. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Hornsbytown:

Elmore     (The home county for Hornsbytown)
      Tallassee   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Kent   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Equality   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ray   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Site   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Hornsbytown, see our County-by-County Page for Hornsbytown.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Hornsbytown:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Elmore County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Elmore County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Elmore County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Alabama
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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Hornsbytown. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Elmore County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in Hornsbytown. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hornsbytown) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hornsbytown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5507, Longitude: -85.9169     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hornsbytown have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Hornsbytown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hornsbytown.


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